Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 158 – Effort. The Choice Is Yours

Went a bit out of my way to give a co-worker a ride to the train station after work. Also, put in the extra effort to give a speech which hopefully opened an opportunity for personal growth and community building within our Toastmasters club. 


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I coined this phrase some time ago,

“If you don’t give your time, give a little. If you give a little, give more. If you give a lot, give better.”

And I think today’s time given was a good example of this. I was signed up to give a speech at my Toastmasters club. I had two choices in how to prepare – 1. Little or none, or 2. Careful preparation.

There’s a time and place for little or no preparation, but I know that when I give that extra effort, whether it is crafting a speech or giving my time, better things result.

I chose number 2. I crafted my speech. I wrote and rewrote it. I thought about what I was giving, and how best to reach my audience. I struggled over word economy and word choice. It was a late night.

After the speech, I felt I had opened a door to our club members. Based on some initial reactions, I believe that some people recognized the door was open to them. If they take the opportunity, they will benefit. And if they benefit, my time will have been well-spent.

How much effort we give is a daily choice.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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One Response to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 158 – Effort. The Choice Is Yours

  1. Good work! Giving speeches is hard (I guess that’s why they have Toastmasters), I absolutely dread it myself, but when someone delivers a good speech there’s nothing quite like it.

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